William J. Maze - Curriculum Vitae

 

William Maze has performed the standardized field sobriety test battery (SFSTs) on hundreds of individuals and is throughly versed in the NHTSA SFST battery and literature. He has participated in teaching the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course on several occasions and has frequently lectured on the subject of the field sobriety tests. He has studied the statistical reliability of these tests, along with non-standardized field sobriety tests. He has advanced training regarding the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and other forms of nystagmus and saccadic oscillations of the human eye. He has studied the peer reviewed research regarding field sobriety testing as well as the NHTSA published research in this field. He is also knowledgeable in the peer reviewed literature regarding alcohol and highway safety as well as the effects of alcohol on the human body.

William has also participated in advanced training in the BAC Datamaster. He has attended factory training at National Patent Analytical Systems and is knowledgeable about the underlying science and internal workings of the instrument. He owns two BAC Datamaster instruments and has performed hundreds of experiments on the devices, along with PBT instruments including the Alcosensor III and Lifeloc FC10. He has studied the peer reviewed research regarding breath testing as well as the state and manufacturer's published literature in this field.

Educational Background

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (BA - 1992) 
Wayne State University Law School (JD - 1996) 

 

Professional Memberships and Organizations

  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • President, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) [2014-2015]
  • Board of Directors, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) [2011-2014; Ex officio 2015-2030]
  • Member, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) 
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) [2004 - Present]
  • Member, Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member, Downriver Bar Association

 

Publications

James Nesci & William Maze, Michigan DUI Defense: The Law and Practice, est. 2014 (Lawyers & Judges Pub.)
Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings, 2012 ed (West)

 

Lectures, Courses, & Presentations

  • Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP) - Drunk & Drugged Driving 2013, Detroit, Michigan, Dec. 13, 2013.
  • CDAM Fall Session 2013 - Drug Recognition Experts: Challenging the Voodoo Science and Tackling the Expert at Trial, Traverse City , Michigan, Nov. 8, 2013.
  • MIAOWIA - Using the Freedom of Information Act to Obtain Materials Relevant to DUI Cases, MGM Grand Hotel/Casino, Detroit, Michigan Sept. 21, 2013.
  • BAC / DMT Datamaster Introductory Course, conducted at Northwood University Dec. 14, 2012.
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course, Oct. 17-19, 2012.
  • CDAM Summer Session 2012 - Introduction to Field Sobriety Testing and Statistical Flaws in the SFST Battery
  • OACDL - Breath Test Challenges, Columbus, Ohio, March 2012
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education - DUI Defense Seminar, 2010, Grand Rapids and Plymouth, Michigan.
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course, December 2009.
  • Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP) - DUI Defense Seminar 2009, Detroit, Michigan.
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course, June 2007.

 

Expert Witness Services and Testimony

Consulted and approved as appointed expert by Caro district court as expert witness for trial on court appointed case for attorney Kristen J. Fisher of Shoults Picard & Brooks PLLC, regarding Fisher's client on the NHTSA SFST battery, administration and scoring - November 2014.

Consulted and appeared in court as expert witness in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Battery - February 11, 2014 - Attorney Scott Aaronson - 45th District Court in Oakland County. Testified before Chief Judge Michelle Friedman Appel at evidentiary hearing - testimony resulted in Mr. Aaronson winning an important motion.

Retained as expert witness by attorney David Rudoi regarding preliminary breath testing rules, operation of PBT, and non-standard field sobriety tests - February 3, 2014 - Honorable Debra Nance, 46th District Court in Southfield, Michigan, refused to permit testimony on PBT because I had never manufactured a preliminary breath testing instrument and refused to permit testimony on field sobriety tests because I had never performed field sobriety tests upon a person roadside as a police officer. (Compare this ruling to her televised ruling from March 15, 2013.)

Consulted and appeared in court as expert witness in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Battery - December 17, 2013 - Attorney Andrew Abood - 56A District Court in Eaton County. Prosecutor stipulated to suppress all field sobriety tests - no testimony required. 

Qualified and Testified as Expert Witness in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Battery and Non-Standard Testing & Analysis of Officer's Testimony Regarding Investigation; Provided Evidentiary Hearing Testimony - March 15, 2013 - Attorney Andrew Abood - Honorable Debra Nance, 46th District Court for Oakland County in Southfield, Michigan. Testimony recorded by major news stations in Metro Detroit area based upon the identity of the accused. 

Qualified as Expert Witness in BAC Datamaster; Provided Trial Testimony on Michigan Breath Testing Protocols, Accuracy and Reliability of Duplicative Breath Testing Results, and Operation of BAC Datamaster - Jan. 29, 2013 and March 8, 2013 - Attorney Bruce R. Saperstein - Honorable Shelia R. Johnson, 46th District Court for Wayne County in Southfield, Michigan. 

Testified Regarding SFST Battery; Provided Evidentiary Hearing Testimony Regarding NHTSA Development of SFST Battery, Phases of Dwi Detection, Signs of Consumption vs Intoxication, Technical Requirements of HGN Test, Proper Performance and Scoring of One Leg Stand, and Scientific Validity of "Modified Romberg" Test - Nov. 14, 2012 - Attorney Erin Marie Carrier Barnhart - Honorable Susan H. Grant, 77th District Court for Mecosta County in Big Rapids, Michigan. 

Consulted as Expert Witness in SFST Battery; Assisted Attorney Rosenberg in Jury Trial - October 2, 2012 - Attorney David B. Rosenberg - Honorable Susan M. Moiseev, 46th District Court for Oakland County in Southfield, Michigan. 

Qualified as Expert Witness in SFST Battery; Provided Jury Trial Testimony - Dec. 22, 2011 - Attorney Anthony Smykla - Judge Gerou, 35th District Court for Wayne County in Plymouth, Michigan. 

Qualified as Expert Witness in HGN and BAC Datamaster June 23, 2011 - Attorney Bernhardt D. Christenson - Genesee County District Court, Flint, Michigan. 

Consultation, Review, & Expert Reports SFSTs and Roadside Investigation Attorney Loren M. Dickstein (Cir. 2009) 

Consultation, Review, & Expert Report Attorney Joseph Corriveau - Not Permitted to Testify by Judge Sylvia James, Inkster District Court (Cir. 2008)

 

Advanced Seminars and Training

Certified as an instructor in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course by NHTSA certified instructor of instructors, Oct. 19, 2012

OACDL - Statewide Criminal Defense Conference on DUI Defense, Columbus, Ohio, March 2012

IACDL's Midwest DUI Seminar: Winning Blows, stops, and trials, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011

Serum Ethanol False Positives Due to NADH, National College for DUI Defense, 2011

Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and the National College for DUI Defense, New Orleans, LA 2009

Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA) Certification Course: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): Visual Science Issues with Dr. Scott Stevenson March 1, 2008, Houston, TX

Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA) Certification Course: Scientific Issues in Judging Intoxication and SFST Research, February 29, Houston, TX

BAC DataMaster and Basic Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, Sponsored by National Patent Analytical Systems (NPAS) February 7-9, 2008

National College for DUI Defense, 2008 Winter Session, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, January 23-25, 2008

National College for DUI Defense, 2007 Winter Session, Tucson, Arizona, January 19-20, 2007

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Trial Practice College, Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI, August 18-23, 2006

National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute, Mercer Law School, Macon, GA, June 11-24, 2006

Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and the National College for DUI Defense, Dallas, Texas, 2006 (via DVD).

National College for DUI Defense, 2007 Winter Session, Practice Makes Perfect: The Art of Perfecting DUI Defense, Amelia Island, FL, January 20-21, 2006

National College for DUI Defense, 2005 Summer Session, July 21-23, 2005, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and the National College for DUI Defense, Dallas, Texas, April 28 - 30, 2005 (via DVD).

NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course, Conducted on March 8-10, 2005 Chicago, IL

National College for DUI Defense, 2005 Winter Session, "Duty, Honor & Success" New Orleans, LA, January 20-22, 2005.

NACDL NCDD 2004 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: Presenting a Gold Medal Defense, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 2003 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: Superheros of DUI Defense, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 2002 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: Skills That Win Cases, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 2001 DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 2000 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: Difficult DUI's & Tragic Consequences, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 1999 DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 1998 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: The Ultimate in DUI Defense Mastering Science Maximizing Success, via digital audio.

NACDL NCDD 1997 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: Defending DUI Cases Insights from the Masters, via digital audio.